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Report finds N.H. has one of the lowest obesity rates in the U.S.

About one-quarter of New Hampshire adults and children are obese, a rate that largely has remained stable over the last five years and which ranks among the lowest in the country, according to a newly issued report.

The Concord Monitor reported that the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation jointly issued the 15th annual “State of Obesity” report, which looks at the health problems plaguing overweight Americans.

In particular, it noted that from 2012 to 2017, “31 states had statistically significant increases in their obesity rate and no state had a statistically significant decrease in its obesity rate.”

New Hampshire came out just ahead of neighboring Vermont, ranking 38th and 40th, respectively. West Virginia had the highest adult obesity rates in the country, while Colorado had the lowest.

Read the full report here.

How to keep your pot plants safe from thieves and other important things you might have missed this week

Hi, friends! Welcome to this week’s ICYMI roundup, where we bring you all the fun, funky things that happened this week in the UV and beyond. Let’s do it!

  • A Newport, Vt., resident is raising the alarm after his pot plants allegedly were stolen from his yard. Police say this trend is likely to continue in the wake of July’s legalization, and WCAX has some tips on how you can keep your plants safe.
  • A new study says all alcohol, even the occasional drink or two, actually is terrible for you. Womp womp.
  • Londonderry, N.H., Town Manager Kevin Smith and New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu came through for the people this week when they urged Market Basket stores to change the placement of their deli price labels. The men said the labels’ previous placement, which wrapped across the top of the bag the cold cuts are packed in, was prone to ripping the bags upon trying to open them. See Sununu’s proud post-change selfie with a half-pound of Land O’Lakes white American cheese here.
  • Two bagel shops in Montreal and Burlington, respectively, did a bit of finger-pointing (kinda like this) this week, after an article by food website Eater Montreal flagged the fact that the Burlington bakery’s logo looked suspiciously similar to Montreal’s. What gives? Don’t fret: The good folks at Seven Days got to the bottom of the international mystery.
  • Sunapee resident Hazel Nilson celebrated a big birthday on Tuesday. The longtime Cubs fan turned 110 years old this week. Happy birthday, Hazel!
  • Tuesday also was the one-year anniversary of the 2017 solar eclipse, which, as you may recall, was so enthralling that it totally eclipsed all productivity at the Valley News. (To be fair, Valley News staffers weren’t the only ones with their eyes on the skies last August: The Washington Post recently reported that the eclipse was one of the most-watched events in American history. A whopping 216 million American adults watched the eclipse in some way.)

That’s what I know! Did I miss something? Tell me below!

Undisputed winners of the week: Goats

In Vermont and elsewhere, goats have been a hot topic of late.

In the Green Mountain State, Montpelier this week announced it would be bringing some goats in to help control poison ivy growth. Seven Days Digital Editor Andrea Suozzo had the pleasure of writing this headline as a result:

Turns out, the goats have names:

AND, of course, goats in Boise, Idaho, made headlines late last week when they descended upon the city in droves. Behold, a play in four acts:

ICYMI: A roundup of all the things that the internet is talking about

I’ve had a list of topics I’ve been meaning to post about but just haven’t gotten around to on my desk for about a week now, and I realized some of y’all might have missed these things, too, so I’m rounding them up for ya. There are some gems in here, if I do say so myself.

Did I miss something? Tell me in the comments!

 

Um, so there’s a bunch of magma churning beneath us rn

Yeah, that’s right: I said MAGMA.

Y’know, this stuff.

(Yeah, yeah, this is technically lava, but lava is just magma that has broken through the Earth’s crust and escaped, soooo — it’s liquid hot magmaaaaa)

A group of researchers at Rutgers and Yale universities have made a surprising, if not slightly concerning, discovery: A huge pocket of molten magma is brewing directly underneath our feet, spanning multiple New England states, including New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, according to a recent WMUR report.

Rutgers professor Vadim Levin has the scoop:

“What we found is a material that is warmer than it should be, according to what we understand.”

“It will not make a large supervolcano. It will not break through the surface, not in our lifetime, but it is not supposed to be there, so that is what is fascinating.”

Welp.

The good news is it’s probably not gonna kill us: It could take millions and millions of years to reach the surface, if it ever does, WMUR reported.

Happy Friday!